Delaying his return to the American professional bull riding circuit paid off for cowboy Nathan Burtenshaw when he won the coveted Open Bull Ride, the finale event of the three-day Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo.
Burtenshaw, 23, of Coonamble, NSW, missed the 2016 Isa Rodeo due to a serious back injury.
“It means a lot to win,” said Burtenshaw. “I stayed home from the States to compete. This rodeo is a really good rodeo, very fun to be at, a fun atmosphere. It’s right up there with the American rodeos.”
Burtenshaw won convincingly with 237.5 points onboard Voodoo Child, convincingly outriding second placed Victorian cowboy Sam Woodall (166 points) and Jack McArthur, third with 162 points.
A standing ovation for the champion bull riders topped a day of world-class finals competition at the biggest rodeo in the Southern Hemisphere.
It was a day where the Poddy Ride was as fiercely contested as the Open Finals, with Cloncurry cowboy Kade Ferguson, 8, winning his first Poddy buckle. Champion All Around Cowboy was Shane Kenny and Champion All Around Cowgirl Elley Hulls.
Other finals champions included Fred Osman (Open Bareback), Shane Kenny (Steer Wrestling), Jo Caldwell (Ladies Barrel Race), Cody Angland (Open Saddle Bronc), Clay Bush (Rope & Tie), Shane Kenny & Clay bush (Team Roping), and Cherie O’Donoghue (Ladies Breakaway Roping).
Isa Rodeo Manager Ms Natalie Flecker said it had been a huge three days.
“Our aim every year is to create an event that gets better and better,” she said. “It’s been a huge year winning the Australian Tourism Award for best festival and event. We are already working on our Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary Rodeo for next year.”
The Mount Isa Mines Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary Rodeo will be held from 9 to 12 August, 2018.
For media inquiries:
Susan Fuller, Isa Rodeo Media, Mob: 0411 463 693